This year, I set myself the goal of reading 300 books. In one year. Last year, I read 228 books so I’m not sure why I thought 300 books was the next step (250 would probably have been more logical), but whatever. I was pretty sure I’d fail, but so far I’m four books ahead of schedule. And, um, mentally exhausted.
However! January has been a great month for books. I’ve read 29 so far and, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed them.
~We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels. Read my review here!
~The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt. Yes, it’s a kids’ picture book. But it’s one of the funniest, most charming picture books I’ve ever read. (And the ‘Gladiator’ reference was icing on the cake.)
~The Negotiator by Dee Henderson. After hearing my mom talk about the O’Malley series for ages I finally started it. So, so good.
~A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold. Hard, sobering, and thought-provoking.
~An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. Gorgeous prose, an intriuging fantasy world, and the greatest can-turn-into-a-raven-and-is-also-a-sweetheart YA hero since Jest.
~Selp-helf and My Diarrhe by Miranda Sings/Colleen Balinger. Miranda is much funnier on Youtube than in book form. (Though I’d hesitate to recommend her videos to less-than-adult audiences. At least, some of them.)
~I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora. This one was okay, but it felt like the author was trying too hard to have a quirky first person POV narration that seems to be the staple for middle grade fiction these days. And the plot was pretty dumb.
~Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt. I was expecting a little more, y’know, Cleopatra in this book.
(There were some other not-so-great books but I don’t feel like devoting energy to them.)
Favorite book of the year (so far):
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Yes, it’s a re-read. And, yes, it’s the best.
So, let’s talk! How many books have you read this year? (Please don’t think I’m bragging about how many books I’ve read, btw – I have more free time than most people and an affinity for speedy reading.) What’s your favorite book so far this year?